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AAA COVID-19 Emergency Grants

On behalf of the Executive Board of your Society, I want to take this opportunity to give you a very quick update on an important AAA led initiative to support scholars in need and how our Society is participating.

It is no exaggeration to say that we are living in a time of profound uncertainty and disruption. Actions that are necessary to try and control the transmission and toll of COVID-19 have resulted in serious emotional, social and economic hardship for many people. Unfortunately, as with many health and economic crises, the brunt of the suffering is felt disproportionately by those who were already in the most precarious positions within our communities. That is no less true of our scholarly communities than of the wider societies in which we live.

In response, the AAA has created an emergency grant fund to assist financially vulnerable AAA members who are self-employed, sole proprietors, or teaching part-time. Further information about the fund can be found on the AAA website: https://www.americananthro.org/StayInformed/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=25649. Applications are due May 10.

The SAS/SASci Executive Board met on Friday and agreed to donate $500 towards this fund. As individuals, some of us may be in a position to make additional donations, however, we all recognize that these are extraordinarily difficult times for everyone, so while we encourage everyone to help where they can, we understand entirely that it may not be possible.

Please take care and stay safe.

Steve Lyon
President of the Society for Anthropological Sciences

SAS Spring 2020 Annual Meeting – Preliminary Program

The following were culled from the SfAA’s Preliminary Program and subject to change, please check the final program at the meeting for any changes.  Also, we have many SAS members who are presenting in SfAA, PESO, SMA, and other co-sponsored events that are not listed below, these are only the SAS sponsored events.

Locating Individuals in the Space of Culture (SAS) – (TH-39) THURSDAY 10:00-11:50 – Chapel

  • CHAIR: DRESSLER, William (U Alabama)
  • HENDERSON, Nicole (U Alabama) Configurations of a Cultural Model of Substance Use in Young Adults and Patients in Treatment in Brazil
  • ARNOLD, Randy (U Alabama) Cultural Consonance in Narrative: An Example in the Transition to Retirement
  • DENGAH, Francois and FALCÃO, Ana (USU) Doing Gender in Brazil: A Nested Approach to Cultural Models of Gender Roles
  • COPELAND, Toni (U Alabama) Knowledge, Behavior, and Health in the Space of Culture among HIV-Positive Women in Kenya
  • DRESSLER, William (U Alabama) Cultural Distance and Depressive Symptoms in Urban Brazil

SAS Student Panel (SAS) – (TH-94) THURSDAY 1:30-3:20 – Alvarado D

  • CHAIR: SAAD, Summar (Wayne State U)
  • CARSON, Sarah (U Penn) Republican Feminists?: Discourse Analysis at the Intersection of Women’s Leadership and Political Orientation
  • THOMAS, Michael (Wayne State U) What’s the Point of a Point of View?: Decision Making and Developing Metrics in Human-Centered Design
  • HERNANDEZ, Rodrigo and MCCURDY, Sheryl (UT SPH Houston), JONES, Eric (UT SPH El Paso) Becoming Dispossessed: Structure and Meaning in Experiences of Material Loss During Hurricane Harvey
  • SAAD, Summar (Wayne State U) “Brain death is death”: Navigating Brain Death’s ‘Fuzzy’ Boundaries in Clinical Practice

Topics in Anthropological Science I: Cultural Models and Kinship (SAS) – (TH-129) THURSDAY 3:30-5:20 – Chapel

  • CHAIR: DE MUNCK, Victor (Vilnius U)
  • DE MUNCK, Victor (Vilnius U) Do Cultural Models Exist in the Mind Or Only in Publications?
  • KRONENFELD, David (UCR) Implications of Gould’s Kinterminology Analysis System

SAS Executive Meeting (Closed Meeting) – THURSDAY 5:30-7:20 – Chapel

Topics in Anthropological Science II: Culture and Behavior (SAS) – (F-01) FRIDAY 8:00-9:50 – Alvarado A

  • CHAIR: SKOGGARD, Ian (HRAF)
  • SKOGGARD, Ian and EMBER, Carol R. (HRAF), FELZER, Ben (Lehigh U), PITEK, Emily (HRAF) Using Climate Data to Predict Cultural Beliefs and Behavior
  • NORDIN, Andreas (U Gothenburg) The Connection between Counterintuitive Religious Dream Content, Social Use and Religiosity: Report from a Case Study in a Hindu-Nepalese Context
  • CLOAK, Ted (Independent) Neural Images in Control of Behavior, Culture, and Cultural Evolution

Training Program & Recruitment Exhibit – FRIDAY 8:30-12:00 – North Atrium

  • This exhibit is a great chance to inform students and colleagues about graduate programs, internship opportunities, field schools, and organizations that work with applied social scientists.

Examining Resilience in Disasters: Resistance, Adaptation, Transformation (SAS) – (F-31) FRIDAY 10:00-11:50 – Alvarado A

  • CHAIR: JONES, Eric (UTH TMC)
  • MURPHY, Arthur (UNCG), LUQUE, Diana A. (CIAD-Hermosillo), and JONES, Eric C. (SPH UTH) Evolution of Trust, Exchange and Support in Post-Disaster Information Networks
  • PEREGRINE, Peter Neal (Lawrence U) Social Capital and Social Resilience: Different Approaches for Different Disasters
  • OTHS, Kathryn (U Alabama) Health and Medical Resilience in the Face of Climate Change in the Northern Peruvian Andes
  • MCCABE, J. Terrence (U Colorado) Under What Conditions Do Extreme Events Become Transformative?: An Examination of the 2008/09 Drought in Northern Tanzania

Cultural Consensus Analysis (SAS Workshop, Fee $45) – (F-78) FRIDAY 12:00-5:00 – Chaco Hotel – Gathering I

  • ORGANIZERS: GATEWOOD, John B. (Lehigh U), LOWE, John W. (Cultural Analysis)

Sugar Cane Farming Community Development: Findings of the 2019 Ethnographic Field School in Belize (SAS) – (F-91) FRIDAY 1:30-3:20 – Alvarado A

  • CHAIR: HUME, Douglas (NKU)
  • ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: HUME, Douglas (NKU), ARZU, Julia (Galen U), MYERS, Jordan (MO State U),
    STEPHENS, Jack (NKU)

Mentoring Workshop: Building Professional Networks in Anthropological Science (SAS Workshop, Fee
$20) – (F-109) FRIDAY 2:30-5:30 – Chaco Hotel – Gathering II

  • ORGANIZER: CHRISOMALIS, Stephen (Wayne State U)

SAS Reception (EVERYONE WELCOME!!!) – FRIDAY 5:30-6:50 – Alvarado A

SAS Business Meeting  (EVERYONE WELCOME!!!) – FRIDAY 7:00-9:00 – Alvarado A

Topics in Anthropological Science III: Cooperation, Refugees, and Politics (SAS) – (S-09) SATURDAY 8:00-9:50 – Chapel

  • CHAIR: LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U)
  • LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U) Navigating Cultural Politics in Modern Pakistan
  • JOHNSON, Jeffrey and SCHON, Justin (UFL) Classifying Refugee Flows: Towards a Macro Level Theory of Refugee Flow Networks
  • QIRKO, Hector (College of Charleston) The Role of Culture in Human Cooperation

Ethnographic Field and Data Analysis Methods: One-on-one Mentoring (SAS) – (S-39) SATURDAY 10:00-11:50 – Chaco Hotel – Gathering II – New Location!

  • Materials (manuscripts, video tutorials, etc.) may be found here!
  • CHAIRS: HUME, Douglas (NKU), CARSON, Sarah (U Penn)
  • ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: DENGAH, Francois (USU), DRESSLER, William (U Alabama), WELLER, Susan
    (U Texas), LEAF, Murray (UT-Dallas), CHRISOMALIS, Stephen (Wayne State U), LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U),
    OTHS, Kathryn (U Alabama), LOWE, John (Cultural Analysis), GATEWOOD, John B. (Lehigh U)

 

H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize and Travel Awards – 2020 Spring SAS Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) invites contributions for the H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize ($500.00) and two Travel Awards ($300.00 each) for students presenting material at the upcoming Society of Anthropological Sciences (SASci) Spring Meeting at the Society for Applied Anthropology 80th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, 2020. To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time your abstract was accepted, and you must be presenting your paper/poster at the upcoming meetings in a SASci, SfAA, or co-sponsor session).

This is an important professional credential on your CV, as well as providing financial support for your scholarly work. SAS professional members: please encourage your eligible students to submit!

To be eligible for the paper prize, submit a full paper manuscript only (no posters/powerpoints). Submissions for the paper prize will automatically be considered for the travel awards as well. Students submitting for the travel awards may submit a paper, completed poster, or annotated Powerpoint presentation. Submissions in Word, PDF, or Powerpoint format only please.

All submissions should be sent by email to Douglas Hume <humed1@nku.edu> no later than Monday, March 9. Awards will be adjudicated by the fall meeting prize committee (Douglas Hume, H. J. François Dengah II, and Ian Skoggard) and awarded at the SAS Business Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

Recruitment drive: Invite your students!

Within the Society for Anthropological Sciences, we particularly hope to cultivate the careers of students from the undergraduate level through to doctoral studies, and beyond, to postdocs and into careers as academic and practicing anthropologists. As a college teacher myself, I know how much my students depend on mentorship for building their first and critical social networks as they professionalize within the discipline.

That’s why I’m writing to you today to invite you to recommend to your undergraduate and graduate students to add SAS as a section to their AAA student membership.   Many of your students may not know of SAS – have you ever talked to them about it?  They probably aren’t on this email list.  They may or may not know about our Facebook page or our Twitter account (@AnthroSciences).   They may never have seen our website (http://sas.anthroniche.com/)

For them to add a section, they go to https://www.americananthro.org/ and then click ‘Login’ at the top, entering the email and password for their account.  Then they click on ‘Add Section Membership’ at the left, then check the Society for Anthropological Sciences box on the sections list that follows.  They follow the links, enter payment information, etc. They can also renew their AAA or other section memberships at the same time.   And that’s it! 

Membership in SAS is only $10 yearly, and for students, this makes them eligible not only to participate in our additional spring meeting (held in conjunction with SfAA) but also for our H. Russell Bernard student paper prizes and SAS travel awards. Within the past three years, we have held a number of professional workshops of high relevance for students designing projects, seeking to advance their careers, or learn relevant methods not accessible at their home institutions.  And our mentor-matching program allows students and early-career researchers to meet and network with senior mentors outside their home institution.

The 2020 AAA meetings coming up in St. Louis are a great opportunity for this sort of participation. Your students are strongly encouraged to submit papers and posters either individually or as part of an organized panel, with SAS as the review section. In the past two years all papers submitted for SAS review have been accepted.

Our goal is to recruit 20 new student members this month. Can you help us?

If your students would like more information about SAS from the student perspective, I strongly encourage them to contact one of our two student board members for more information:

Sarah Carson  scarson@sas.upenn.edu

Summar Saad  summar.saad@wayne.edu

Also you can recommend that they follow us on Twitter @AnthroSciences.  And, of course, if you or your students have any questions, feel free to contact me at chrisomalis@wayne.edu.

2019 Annual Meeting Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Book Prize Co-winner “Culture and the Individual: Theory and Method of Cultural Consonance” (Routledge, 2018) by William Dressler

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Book Prize Co-winner “Romantic Love in America: Cultural Models of Gay, Straight, and Polyamorous Relationships” (Lexington, 2019) by Victor De Munck

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Fall Meeting H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize: Kayla Hurd, University of Notre Dame, “Consuming Patterns: A Dietary Analysis of Human-insect Relations”

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Fall Meeting Travel Award: Nicole Henderson, University of Alabama, “Moving Beyond Consensus: The Importance of Variation”

Congratulations and many thanks to Murray Leaf for his many years of service to the Society for Anthropological Sciences! Note, he is just ending his service as acting president; he will still be serving as past president for the next two years!

Society for Anthropological Sciences Sessions at the American Anthropological Association 2019 Annual Meeting

We have many amazing sessions at the upcoming AAA meeting! The following are our sponsored sessions grabbed from the AAA online program. Please be aware that many of our members are presenting in non-SAS sponsored sessions and we hope to add their information to this page soon!

Thursday, Nov 21 – 8:00 am
(3-0250) Transforming the Curriculum: Toward a Contemporary Cognitive Anthropology
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 221
Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Max J. Stein – University of Alabama; William W. Dressler – University of Alabama; Douglas W. Hume – Northern Kentucky University; Rick Stepp – University of Florida; Jana Fortier – University of California, San Diego, Department of Anthropology; Rosalyn Negrón – University of Massachusetts – Boston

Friday, Nov 22 – 4:15 pm
(4-1165) Ethnographic Field and Data Analysis Methods: One-on-one Mentoring
Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 12
Douglas W. Hume – Northern Kentucky University; Sarah Carson – University of Pennsylvania; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston; H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University; Stephen M. Lyon – Aga Khan University (London); Murray J. Leaf – University of Texas at Dallas; Kathryn S. Oths – University of Alabama; Jean J. Schensul – Institute for Community Research; Stephen L. Schensul – University of Connecticut School of Medicine; William W. Dressler – University of Alabama

Saturday, Nov 23 – 8:00 am
(5-0070) Cultural Models, Cultural Knowledge, Consensus and Decisions
Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 11
Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston; Sarah Carson – University of Pennsylvania; Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston; Yasemin Akdas – University of Florida; Charles Stapleton; Maria Stapleton

Saturday, Nov 23 – 8:00 am
(5-0040) Challenge: Examining, interpreting, and presenting sociality
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 306
Sang-Hee Lee – University of California, Riverside, Department of Anthropology; Priscilla Mollard – University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Kent M. Johnson – SUNY – College at Cortland; Danae G. Khorasani – University of California, Riverside; Marc Kissel – Appalachian State University; Jaymelee Kim – University of Findlay; Michelle Bezanson – Santa Clara University, Department of Anthropology; Rachael N. Anyim – SUNY – Binghamton University, Department of Anthropology; Priscilla Mollard – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Saturday, Nov 23 – 8:00 am
(5-0075) Cultural Models, Primary Food Producers and Climate Change: Reaching Out to Policy Makers
Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 13
Giovanni Bennardo – Northern Illinois University, Department of Anthropology; Victor Celestin de Munck – University of Vilnius; Stephen M. Lyon – Aga Khan University (London); Muhammad A.Z. Mughal; Eric C. Jones; Thomas Widlok

Saturday, Nov 23 – 10:15 am
(5-0525) The Legacy and Future of Cultural Consonance: William Dressler’s impact on cultural anthropology, theory, and methods [Invited Session]
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 214
H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University; Toni J. Copeland – The University of Alabama; H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University; Toni J. Copeland – The University of Alabama; Jeffrey G. Snodgrass – Colorado State University; Clarence C. Gravlee – University of Florida; Nicole L. Henderson – The University of Alabama; Susan C. Weller – University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

Saturday, Nov 23 – 12:15 pm
(5-0685) Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) Business Meeting
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 304 & 305
Stephen M. Lyon – Aga Khan University (London); Murray J. Leaf – University of Texas at Dallas; Stephen Chrisomalis – Wayne State University; Douglas W. Hume – Northern Kentucky University; Toni J. Copeland – The University of Alabama; Sarah Carson – University of Pennsylvania; Ian Skoggard; Max J. Stein – University of Alabama; H.J. Francois Dengah, II – Utah State University

Saturday, Nov 23 – 4:15 pm
(5-1025) Anthropologists at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: Changing the Climate of Care and Policy throughout Canada and the United States
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 101 & 102
Jennifer R. Wies – Ball State University; Caitlyn Placek – Ball State University, Department of Anthropology; Jennifer R. Wies – Ball State University; Alice Fiddian-Green – University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Kehli Ardis Henry – Michigan State University; Dinorah Martinez Tyson – University of South Florida; Caitlyn Placek – Ball State University, Department of Anthropology; Leslie E. Carlin – University of Toronto; Fiona Webster – Western University, Faculty of Health Sciences

Sunday, Nov 24 – 10:15 am
(6-0225) Pluralizing the Athropocene (II): Indigenous and Decolonial Contributions to Climate Science [Cosponsored Session]
Location: Vancouver CC WEST, Room 121
Olga Ulturgasheva – University of Manchester; Laura M. Rival – University of Oxford; Olga Ulturgasheva – University of Manchester; Laura M. Rival – University of Oxford; Wolde Gossa Tadesse – University of Oxford; Vanessa Elisa Grotti – European University Institute; Olga Ulturgasheva – University of Manchester; Sophie Chao – The University of Sydney; Jean M. Rahier – Florida International University; Virginia D. Nazarea – University of Georgia

Student prizes – Society for Anthropological Sciences – Vancouver, BC – DEADLINE 11/08

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) invites contributions for the H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize ($500.00) and two Travel Awards ($300.00 each) for students presenting material at the upcoming Society of Anthropological Sciences (SASci) meetings at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  These prizes are awarded for scholarly work by students that exemplifies the mission of SAS to support empirical scientific research in any area of anthropology.

To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time your abstract was accepted, and you must be presenting your paper/poster at the upcoming meetings in Vancouver. You do not need to be a SAS member at the time of submission (although of course we do encourage you to join by adding us as a section on the AAA website!). This is an important professional credential on your CV, as well as providing financial support for your scholarly work. SAS professional members: please encourage your students to submit! 

To be eligible for the Bernard paper prize, submit a full paper manuscript only (no posters/powerpoints). Submissions for the paper prize will automatically be considered for the travel awards as well.  Students submitting for the travel awards may submit a paper, completed poster, or annotated Powerpoint presentation. Submissions in Word, PDF, or Powerpoint format only please.   For co-authored contributions, the student must be the primary author and you must include a statement indicating the relative contributions of all co-authors, as well as all co-authors’ email addresses.

All submissions should be sent by email to Stephen Chrisomalis <chrisomalis@wayne.edu> no later than November 15, 2019. Awards will be adjudicated by the fall meeting prize committee (Stephen Chrisomalis, Douglas Hume, and H. J. François Dengah II) and awarded at the SAS Business Meeting in Vancouver.

Call for Papers – Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2020 Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) will be holding its annual meeting from March 17-21, 2020 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in conjunction with the Society for Applied Anthropology. We invite scholars from any subdiscipline of anthropology, or from allied social sciences, to submit innovative proposals for papers, posters, sessions or round-tables on any topic in anthropological science, broadly conceived.

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) promotes the scientific understanding of humanity through comparative, cognitive, empirically-grounded, and evolutionary approaches. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. Our website is located at http://sas.anthroniche.com.

We encourage a wide variety of participants this year, including students, practitioners, and new members of the Society. There are a number of student prizes available for SAS members who are current undergraduate and graduate students (see http://sas.anthroniche.com/student-awards/). Please distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues.

Registration for the conference is coordinated through the SfAA site and includes access to all conference activities and panels. SAS allots 25-30 minutes including discussion for each oral presentation – we organize sessions with fewer presenters than SfAA normally does, which allows deeper, richer scholarly conversations to take place. Posters are also highly desirable and are welcomed by our review committee.

Registration for the conference must be done through the SfAA site at https://www.appliedanthro.org/annual-meeting, before submitting an abstract.  First, you will create an account by following the link at the top of the page (if you haven’t done so before) so that you are logged in to the system.  Then you can register for the conference by clicking ‘Member Registration’. When registering, you must select ‘SAS’ under the ‘membership’ sub-menu to enjoy the membership conference rate of $155 ($70 students) and to ensure that we know who is registering through SAS.

Once you have registered, you will be able to submit an individual abstract (100 words maximum) at https://www.appliedanthro.org/annual-meeting/abstract-information through the SfAA online system. For sessions and roundtables, organizers must submit the proposal and list all participants, while the participants for sessions must also individually submit their abstracts. You must select ‘SAS’ under the first ‘sponsored by’ sub-menu for your abstract or proposal to be considered by our program committee rather than the general SfAA committee.

The deadline for online registration and submission of abstracts through the SfAA site is October  15, 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our program committee:

2019 Spring Meeting Student Paper and Travel Award Winners

Join me in congratulating our spring meeting student paper and travel award winners!


H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize: Max Stein, University of Alabama — Cultural Models of Mobility: Using Cultural Consensus Modeling to Explore Push/Pull Factors of Network Migration in Trujillo, Peru

Travel Award: Lawrence Monocello, University of Alabama — “They don’t care as long as they look attractive”: Examining variation in Americans’ and Koreans’ attention to ideal bodily features in men

Travel Award: Lessye Demoss, University of Alabama — Life goals and the ideal family in a Southern city